Rowan Chamber’s 97th annual meeting scheduled for Jan. 26

Published 12:00 am Thursday, December 15, 2022

SALISBURY — The Rowan Chamber of Commerce 97th annual meeting will be held on Thursday, Jan. 26, 6 p.m. at the West End Plaza (1935 Jake Alexander Blvd.). Novant Health Rowan Medical Center is the title sponsor.

“The theme of this year’s Annual Gala is ‘Bourbon, Bling & Bowties’ and we look forward to having a fun event that showcases the best of Rowan County,” said Kristen Trexler (Novant Health Rowan Medical Center), chair of the event, said in a news release.

The gavel will pass from 2022 Chair of the Board Brad Walser (Walser Technology Group) to 2023 Chair of the Board Elaine P. Holden (North Carolina Transportation Museum Foundation). Awards will be presented for Paul E. Fisher Chamber Volunteer of the Year, Chamber Champion Small Business of the Year, Duke Energy Citizenship and Service Award and a new category award for Young Professional of the Year.

The emcee for the evening is Kent Bernhardt, production coordinator and creative services at Performance Racing Network.

There will be a reception and “bourbon infused” dinner catered by The Smoke Pit. New Sarum Brewing Company will feature a special bourbon barrel aged porter called “OLE ‘97” for our 97th Annual Meeting. Continuing with the theme, guests can participate in a “bourbon pull” drawing for premium bourbon bottles to take home. Due to West End Plaza regulations, only beer and wine may be served. Dress is business professional or semi-formal.

Corporate sponsorship tables are $1,500 with eight premium seats. The sponsorship reservation deadline is Friday, Dec. 16.

Individual tickets are available for Chamber members $50 per person or $85 per couple (two tickets) and will be first come, first served. Non-members are welcome to attend and the price is $100 per person.

For more information, contact the chamber at 704-633-4221 or or go to